Uwe Ruberg

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Uwe Ruberg (born March 22, 1936 in Kiel ) is a German Medieval Germanist . He is professor emeritus for German Philology at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz .

life and work

Uwe Ruberg grew up as the son of the authorized signatory Max Ruberg in Kiel, evacuated to Lensahn (Ostholstein) and rural Boren / Kiesby (fishing) during the bombing raids in the war years 1943–1945 . After graduating from the Max-Planck-Gymnasium in Kiel , he studied German and French as well as philosophy and possibly theology at the universities of Kiel, Marburg and Lille, here in connection with a one-year teaching assistant at the Lycée de garҁons in Arras (France).

The state examination for teaching at secondary schools in Kiel (1963) was followed by a doctorate under Friedrich Ohly in 1964 with an investigation into the prose Lancelot, the first German prose novel. After a visiting professorship at McGill University Montreal (1971/72) followed in 1974 in Münster / Westf. the habilitation in German philology with thematic history studies “eloquent silence in didactic and narrative literature of the Middle Ages”.

After his years as a research assistant to Friedrich Ohly in Kiel and Münster, Uwe Ruberg taught German literature of older eras as a professor at the University of Münster (1975–1979) and as the successor to Walter Johannes Schröder at the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (1979–2001). Guest lectureships took him to Ain Shams University in Cairo (1978) and Peking University (1990).

Uwe Ruberg was a member of the Collaborative Research Center 7 “Medieval Research” at the University of Münster (1974–1985) and a founding and executive member of the Graduate College “Spiritual Song and Hymn - Interdisciplinary” at the University of Mainz (1996–2006). He is part of the editorial team in the project "animaliter - animals in medieval literature", founded and led by his student Sabine Obermaier.

The focus of the scientific work is on the areas of narrative research, animal poetry, genre history of poetry, allegory and metaphor, poetics of proper names, linguistic reflection, medieval world maps and encyclopedia. Outside the narrower areas of expertise: The Holstein painter Rudolf Behrend (1895–1979).

Editorial activity

  • Verbum et signum. Contributions to medieval research on meaning. Studies on semantics and tradition of meaning in the Middle Ages (with Hans Fromm and Wolfgang Harms), 2 volumes, Munich 1975
  • Text and image. Aspects of the interaction between two arts in the Middle Ages and early modern times (with Christel Meier), Wiesbaden 1980, ISBN 978-3-88226-068-7 .
  • The knight idea in German literature of the Middle Ages. An anthology with commentary (with Jörg Arentzen), Darmstadt 1987, 2nd supplementary edition 2011, ISBN 978-3-534-04537-2
  • Language - literature - culture. Studies on their history in the German south and west. Festschrift for Wolfgang Kleiber (with Albrecht Greule), Stuttgart 1989
  • Friedrich Ohly, Selected and New Writings on the History of Literature and Research on Meaning (with Dietmar Peil), Stuttgart / Leipzig 1995
  • Friedrich Ohly, On the Doctrine of Signatures in the Early Modern Age (with Dietmar Peil), Stuttgart / Leipzig 1999
  • Rudolf Behrend, 16 painting reproductions, with life, work and exhibition dates, Heikendorf 2000
  • Rudolf Behrend, journey through life. Woodcut cycle "Dreams", with commentary, Kiel 2002
  • 50 years of the choir at the Pauluskirche Bad Kreuznach, Bad Kreuznach 2006
  • The owl organ in the Pauluskirche Bad Kreuznach. Festschrift for the inauguration, Bad Kreuznach 2012

Fonts (selection)

Bibliography in the Festschrift for Uwe Ruberg: Vox, Sermo, Res. Contributions to linguistic reflection, literary and linguistic history from the Middle Ages to modern times, ed. by Wolfgang Haubrichs, Wolfgang Kleiber and Rudolf Voss, Stuttgart / Leipzig 2001. pp. 285–291.

Publications since 2001 (selection):

  • Commemoration of women. The burial of the poet in the Mainz cathedral cloister , in: Domblätter. Forum des Dombauverein Mainz, issue 3/2001, pp. 77–83
  • The Manthier. On the role of humans in animal poetry, especially in the Froschmeuseler Georg Rollehagens , in: Tierepik and Tierallegorese. Studies on the poetology and historical anthropology of premodern literature, ed. by Bernhard Jahn and Otto Neudeck, Frankfurt / M. 2004, pp. 217-227
  • The village pond as the prism of life and the microcosm of the big world in painting and graphics by Rudolf Behrends , in: Nordelbingen. Contributions to the art and cultural history of Schleswig-Holstein 76 (2007) pp. 215–225
  • Vitality and decay of verbal forms to ahd. –Thagen, mhd. –Dagen, “silent, silent” , in: Studies on literature, language and history in Europe (Festschrift W. Haubrichs), ed. by A. Greule, H.-W. Herrmann, K. Ridder and A. Schorr, St. Ingbert 2008, pp. 491–505
  • Rennewart. The pagan prince from the Orient, his rise at the Carolingian royal court to his entry into the monastery , in: Medieval treasures on parchment. Some manuscript finds from Kreuznach, ed. by Franziska Blum-Gabelmann, Bad Kreuznach 2011, pp. 7–15
  • The animal processional capital in Strasbourg Cathedral. Strategies of interpretation in the journalistic denominational dispute of the Reformation period , in: Reinardus. Yearbook of the International Reynard Society 25 (2013), pp. 141-160
  • Friedrich Ohly, Statements 1966–1973, annotated and edited by Uwe Ruberg , in: Friedrich Ohly. Visualization of a great philologist, ed. by Wolfgang Harms and Wolfram Hogrebe, Stuttgart 2014, pp. 103–146
  • “Silent painter from passion” - Rudolf Behrend 1895–1979. Biographical dates, person and personality - self-portraits - illustrations for Till Eulenspiegel - epic Gerhart Hauptmanns (together with Corinna Biesterfeldt) - voices about the work, in: Rudolf Behrend - Stiller Weg zu Neuem, ed. by Sabine Behrens and Henning Repetzky, Heikendorf 2015, pp. 10–17, 18–21, 129–144, 16o-161.

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